The American Civil War gave birth to the modern United States and wasn’t without its controversies. With that in mind, we’ve put together 16 facts about the American Civil War you really need to know about. Here goes…
- The Union Army numbered in excess of 2,100,000 soldiers, making it nearly double the size of the Confederate Army.
- It’s widely accepted to be the deadliest war in U.S. history.
- 30% of all white males aged 18-40 from the South died during the war.
- It was fought between the North and the South from 1861-65.
- This was largely due to the South’s objection to the outlawing of slavery by the government which was based in the North.
1861-1865 American civil war envelope with postmark and postage stamp
- Jefferson Davis was elected President of the Confederate States.
- All rebelling states were quickly readmitted into the United States of America once the war concluded.
- There were 11 of them in total, and they each cited Lincoln’s anti-slavery stance as their reason for rebelling.
- Abraham Lincoln officially freed the slaves on the 1st of January 1863.
- He was re-elected in 1864 in the face of opposition who wanted to strike a deal for peace with the South.
- He was shot and killed the next year whilst out at the theatre.
- The killer was a southern sympathiser by the name of John Wilkes Boothe.
- Southern troops lit the fuse and started the war by bombarding Fort Sumter in South Carolina.
- The Battle of Gettysburg was the deadliest battle of the war and left 51,000 men dead, wounded, or MIA.
- The South surrendered at the Appomattox Court House after having been left largely bankrupt and in ruins.
- More than 620,000 men died — more U.S. servicemen than either World War.
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